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Let The Ronnie To San Diego Rumors Begin

Last year on April Fools day I put up a post about the Miami Dolphins having to return their draft picks to the Washington Redskins if they re-signed Jason Taylor before 1 calendar year of his original trade.

That made it’s way to the Washington Post and ESPN and even two months later some of the local mainstream media guys were still answering questions about it.  This year?  Nah, I’m giving the media guys a break.  So when I say, let the Ronnie Brown trade rumors to San Diego begin…I actually mean it.

Yesterday San Diego Charger GM A.J. Smith acknowledged that he is currently in the market for running backs.  The team currently has not started negotiating with tagged RB Darren Sproles, Sproles is their only featured back on the roster and he is not a 3 down back.  After letting LaDainian Tomlinson leave VIA release, the Chargers have an obvious hole to fill.

The team needs a back that can start and there are not that many out there that teams would be willing to part with.  The first two teams that come to mind are Miami and the Dallas Cowboys.  In Miami, Ronnie Brown could likely be had for a 2nd rounder and in Dallas, Marion Barber could be had for the same if not less.  The similarity between the two?  Both have been somewhat bitten by the injury bug the last few seasons and both are expendable.

In Miami, the Dolphins are in position to draft CJ Spiller if they want to.  In Dallas they already have Felix Jones who is poised to take over for Barber.  Miami has Ricky Williams, Patrick Cobbs, and Lex Hilliard so their depth alone makes them a candidate for the rumors.

Let’s make no mistakes here however.  These will only be rumors, and in some way, it’s possible that the talk could start here although I have read on a few forums that some already believe this to be possible.  Truth is if SD needs a back, Miami has a few of them.

The logical choice for SD is Barber if in fact the Cowboys will part with him and knowing Jerry Jones’ history, they will if the right offer comes along.  Barber is a bruising back that would compliment the style of Sproles.  Ronnie Brown is not as bruising but aside from his freak injuries may be more durable given he takes less shots than Barber, who runs with a lot more reckless abandonment.

Outside of those two, who should get quite a bit of play, guys like Lawrence Maroney in NE, Marshawn Lynch in Buffalo, and Baltimore’s Willis McGahee will likely get some rumored air time.  While none of them are stellar by any degree or any better than Barber or Brown, they are likely to come a little cheaper.

If San Diego were to trade for Brown, they would need to do so with a new contract as Ronnie’s will run out after this season.  The Chargers would then at least be able to wait until maybe round 3 to find another runner to develop.

Brown makes the most sense for the Bolts but that isn’t saying much when you consider the lack of names that could be on the market.  In any case, this isn’t rumor, it’s only one mans speculation.  Still, keep an ear out in the weeks leading up to the draft for the rumors to start.

Oh and in case your wondering, don’t buy any of the “Dolphins are looking at Brandon Marshall” rumors.  It’s April Fools day, remember?

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  • Fr8 Train

    I take responsibility for the Brandon Marshall to Miami rumors that actually started yesterday.

    I posted a Fan Shot over at the, that said basically that due to Dez Bryant’s poor Pro Day work out, the Miami Dolphins front office had reached out to Brandon Marshall’s agent and scheduled a meeting in South Beach as a possible pre-offer sheet meeting.

    I posted it had been confirmed by both Adam Schefter and Chris Mortenson….

    If anyone had clicked on the link to the story I reference, they were Rick Rolled…. however, Apparently Big O at WQAM picked up on the story, and twitter became a buzz.

    My March 31st, Pre April Fools joke.

    But god, if this front office has even been thinking about drafting Dez Bryant…..and they don’t inquire about Brandon Marshall…. I loose a lot of faith in them.

    • Flyin11

      “But god, if this front office has even been thinking about drafting Dez Bryant…..and they don’t inquire about Brandon Marshall…. I loose a lot of faith in them.

      I’m glad we weren’t looking to Marshall. The guy is a cry baby and immature. Last year he was pouting around, kicking footballs that were throw at him in training camp, and just be a total brat. The only reason why he played the way he did this past season is because he knew he had no choice. It was either that or sit on his butt at home. I would rather start with someone frsh like Dez Bryant than Marshall. Atleast it will be someone who WANTS to play football….

      • Fr8 Train

        His training camp actions were most likely the result of his agent getting in his ear about a new contract. Especially given the fact that that he’s way underpaid for his caliber.

        The man has put up MONSTROUS numbers, while playing under 2 different Head Coaches, 2 different Schemes, and 2 Different Quarterbacks throwing him the ball.

        For all the “antics” he had in training camp, he still managed to break an NFL record for receptions in a game, while being double covered for ALL of it. He still put up 1,120 yards nad 10 TDs, and thats despite being sat by his Head Coach for something ridiculous.

        As for Dez Bryant, this dude had 6 months to prepare for his Pro Day. Pro Days are scripted to make the athlete look Fantastic. So, Dez forgets his cleats (despite having 6 pair with him), he gives up on routes at his Pro Day, he quits the bench press while able to do more, and he Fails miserably at running some shuttle and cone drills.

        So the biggest day in his life, and he’s not only unprepared, but gives up on other drills. All this while fighting rumors of being lazy, showing up late to games, etc.
        He sounds more of a Jamarcus Russell player in the sense of getting paid, and not producing.

        With Marshall, we know what we are getting. A proven top 5-7 WR in the league..with Dez, you don’t know what you are getting. He’s never caught a single pass in the NFL, and history has shown that there are TONS of examples of great College receivers that never make it in the NFL.

        Dez is more like Charles Rogers, than he is Brandon Marshall.

        • Flyin11

          Hmmm…Well, I didn’t know all that happened during his Pro Day. We need to skip him then and go to the next best WR…

  • Rick J

    Ronnie Brown for a 2nd? HAHA How about Ronnie Brown for a ham sandwich?

    Dude is old and his tender would pay him 4mil.

  • dashall

    Isn’t Ricky Williams from the San Diego area?

    • Matt

      Charger fan here, we have ZERO interest in your RBs.

      Chargers are sitting pretty at 28 and 40, and will have a legit shot to land Ryan Mathews and Jahvid Bet…..both of whome are better at this point than Brown and Williams.

      • fins002

        LOL, Hey Matt – good thing you are a fan and not a spokesperson for the Chargers. You couldn’t make it to the promised land with Tomlinson in his prime. What makes you think you can get there with Sproles?

        • dashall

          Why couldn’t the Chargers have beaten the Jests in the playoffs? Now with LT gone, I see the window of opportunity closing for SD. To bad he couldn’t have won a ring with SD. But as long as the Chargers keep breaking the hearts and will of the Broncos, I am good with San Diego.

          Ronnie has 2-3 more good years in him. More if he can stay healthy for once. I can see him gaining 3,500 yds in the next 3 years (stay healthy). Ricky is at the end of his career. Ask the teams that we faced last year if Ricky wouldn’t be worth a look. But contact me in 10 years to let me know if ESPN is devoting a 30 minute special to the career of Mathews or Best.

  • 2madison9

    LMAO! “Charger fan here” Ooooh brother. That’s something when one guy can speak for every other bolt fan. Not to mention the FO of the team, Matt. I’m sure they’d be willing to listen to an offer involving our RBs if the Dolphins even feel that’s the route they want to take. Silly opinion about those unproven RBs BTW.

  • spooneman

    Ronnie Brown old? I’ve heard a lot of things but that is stupid. He’s one of the most dynamic/versatile backs in the league and is 4-5 years in, taking away time lost for injuries. Maybe you can say injury prone, but old? You sound dumb, go eat a ham sandwich.

  • Joshua

    That is a great rumor. Who is writing this stuff. Brown can be bought for a scond round pick or less. BROWN HAS A 1ST ROUND TENDER ON HIM!!!!!! You are a joke. Stop writing blogs. I hate listening to rumors, escpecially when they are coming from people that have no idea what they are talking about. Why would Miami give him up for a second round pick when he has a 1ST round tender on him. He is RFA, which means you come take him for a 1st rounder. WHAT A JOKE!!!

  • luke

    i dont see anybody giving up a 1st. for brown, i wouldnt anyway. if they dont trade him this offseason they are stuck with him for he will be unresricted at the end of next season and then go where ever he wants to and we wont get anything for him.i like brown i think when healthy he is a top 3 back ,but thats the issue. he finished the entire season once since he’s been here. i hate to think it, but odds are against him finishing next season. around week 10.